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Re: Help identifying a supposed 1800's clarinet
« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2020, 05:04:19 PM »
>Although he says at the beginning that everything on it was 3d printed, it's clear that the keys weren't.

Correct. I think I said it in the video, but just to clarify the keys (along with the posts and springs) are not 3D printed. Unfortunately while metal 3D printing has come a long way the technology is still too expensive. After speaking with a prototyping company I learned the cost would be about $500 per key, well above what a skilled tech would charge to make a key.

One promising technology is desktop CNC machining. CNC machining has been around for decades, however desktop sized machines capable of cutting German silver are becoming available. The Shapeoko 3 costs $1250 and works for this application. Of course you can only cut out flat pieces effectively so you still have to do a lot of soldering, but it does make building large amounts of keywork simpler. Making posts and screws are still best done on a lathe though.